2009 fiat grande punto abarth ss 001
Like the 500 Abarth SS and Grande Punto SS package before it, the new car uses a 16-valve 1.4L petrol turbocharged four-cylinder rated at 180hp (134kW) to scoot it to 62mph (100km/h) in just 7.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 133mph (215km/h). The spritely little engine does its best to provide low-end fun with peak torque of 199lb-ft (270Nm) coming as soon as 3,000rpm.
Higher in the rev-range is where the car will want to play, however, as above 4,000rpm a special exhaust valve opens to reduce backpressure and yield a sportier sound.
Other performance enhancements for the little hatch include cross-drilled brake discs and high-performance pads. The 18x7.5in alloy wheels are wrapped with 215/40 rubber for good grip, while a 20mm lowering kit gives the car a lower roll center and a more aggressive look.
The mean appearance is taken further with a grey paintjob, aggressive aero treatment and red Abarth accents. Inside, the car gets the Blue&Me MAP satellite nav system, plus Magneti Marelli telematics. A custom set of Sabelt Abarth Racing leather seats keep weight down while remaining track-approved.
Price hasn't been revealed yet, but expect it to come next week when the car is shown in full.